Happy happy Monday! Hope you all had fabulous weekends and are ready to take this week by storm… ready? GO!
After successfully ticking off week one of marathon training (!), I was thinking about how you train for endurance… in more ways than one.
Of course, there’s the obvious — building up your physical endurance so your body can handle running for 26.2 miles. And your mental endurance… honestly, those long runs are great for your mind as much as your body. Whether you listen to music or not, it gives you the mental strength that you need to focus and drive yourself forward, step after step, breath after breath.
But, there’s another type of endurance.
An endurance of your willpower.
No matter how much you love running, you need willpower to get up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday for a long run or to hit the track after a long day at work. I always feel like at the beginning of training brings a struggle in terms of willpower.
You know your end goal, you know what you have to do, but yet, your willpower is a bit “meh.”
Over time, you build that endurance, and weeks into training, you don’t even have to think twice when that alarm goes off uber early for the next run.
So, next time you turn that alarm off and go back to bed or your willpower gets the best of you, remember that you need to train it just as much as your hamstring and glutes. It might be a good method to get yourself moving!
Any one else feel like they battle their willpower, no matter how much you love running?
How else do you feel training helps you prepare for race day?
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